Always been a Cannondale fan. Started with MTB’s in the late 90’s early 00’s, I always loved that they did things a little differently to most other manufacturers e.g. the lefty suspension fork was just so cool, never failed to draw comments every ride from cyclists and random folk. My first big budget bike was a Scalpel Team replica. It was just so different to every other XC MTB out there and I loved it, one of those bikes I wish I never sold.
The company is not what it once was. Unfortunately that was always going to be the case, they were never going to be able to continue the whole ‘hand-built in the USA’ thing, and be able to compete with the other big brands cheap as chips far east construction. Still, it’s nice to know that the new owners seem to respect what made them a great brand in the first place. Albeit the crazyness has been toned down substantially.
Nowadays I don’t do MTB any more but I’ve still got 2 x Cannondale’s in the stable. A Synapse Hi-Mod and a System Six Hi-Mod, both with SRAM RED. Love 'em both.